Chris Hemler

Hovde Group, Senior Vice President

Chris Hemler is a senior vice president on Hovde Group’s specialty finance investment banking team, the top ranked M&A practice to the commercial finance sector, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence (2019 and 2020). Hemler specializes in advising equipment finance companies on sell-side and buy-side transactions, valuations and debt and equity capital raises.

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Eric McGriff

Pinnacle Advisory Services, Founder and President

Eric McGriff is Founder and President of Pinnacle Advisory Services.

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Gerry Oestreich

ABC Leasing & Financing, Owner

Gerry Oestreich is owner of ABC Leasing & Financing. He enjoys being able to quickly and competitively provide businesses and professionals with the capital they need to acquire the technology, equipment and vehicles they need to move their businesses and professions forward.

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Kenneth P. Weinberg

Rimon, P.C., Partner

Kenneth P. Weinberg is a Partner of Rimon, P.C. and practices in the area of commercial finance, focusing on equipment leasing, equipment finance and renewable energy project finance. He has penned Dispatches from the Trenches since 2002.

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Lisa Rafter

Molloy Associates, Founder & CEO, Publisher

Lisa Rafter is the CEO and Founder of STRIPES Leadership Program. She is the publisher of the Monitor magazine, the leading publication in the equipment finance industry. Lisa is also the owner and president of Molloy Associates, the executive search firm dedicated to serving the equipment finance and leasing industry. Lisa has been publishing in the financial services industries for over 25 years and also publishes ABF Journal, DealMaker Magazine, and Commercial Factor.

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Phil Neuffer

ABF Journal, Senior Editor

Phil Neuffer is senior editor of ABF Journal.

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Ray Ellingsen

Corcentric, Vice President, Syndication

Ray Ellingsen is Vice President of Syndication and Operations, Corcentric. He has more than 25 years of experience in the syndication, equipment lease finance and commercial banking industry. At Corcentric he is responsible for growing and maintaining national funding source relationships with complementary valued-added financial institutions and equipment finance organizations, as well as developing customized, customer-focused, life-cycle fleet management financing programs.

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Rick Remiker

The Alta Group equipment finance advisors, Vice chairman of The Alta Group equipment finance advisors

Rick Remiker is a vice chairman of The Alta Group equipment finance advisors. His regulatory, risk management and investor relations insights inform work for Alta’s clients. Rick previously served as chief commercial banking executive and senior executive vice president of Huntington National Bank, where he led its equipment finance business earlier in his career. His past experience also includes launching Merrill Lynch Capital’s commercial equipment finance business and holding top leadership positions in the ELFA. He can be reached at

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Rita Garwood

Monitor, Editor in Chief

Rita E. Garwood is editor in chief of Monitor.

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Robert Preville

KWIPPED, Co-founder and CEO

Robert Preville is the co-founder and CEO of KWIPPED, a tech firm that develops solutions for B2B equipment sales. Preville is a serial entrepreneur and investor, having founded and led several companies in the B2B arena. Prior to KWIPPED, Preville founded and sold, a provider of test and measurement equipment that ranked No. 800 on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies list. Prior to that, he was the founding employee and vice president of sales for, an online manufacturing marketplace and a portfolio company of Jeff Bezos’s Bezos Expeditions.

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Scott Nelson

Tamarack Technology, Chief Digital Officer

Scott Nelson is the president and chief digital officer of Tamarack Technology. He has more than 30 years of strategic technology development, deployment and design thinking experience working with both entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies. Nelson is a sought-after speaker and contributor on topics related to IoT and digital health. His involvement in technology in the local and national technology community reflects an ongoing and outstanding commitment to technology development and innovation.

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